About Tony

For 24 years, Tony Ingraham was in charge of environmental education and recreation services for the Finger Lakes Region of New York State Parks from their regional office at Taughannock Falls State Park near Trumansburg, NY, on the west shore of Cayuga Lake seven miles north of Ithaca. Ingraham is the author of A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water's Sculpture in Stone, a first place winner in the 2009 Media Award competition of the National Association for Interpretation. He is also co-author with Liz Bauman of Ithaca-the City, Gorges, and Colleges. Both books were published by Owl Gorge Productions, http://owlgorge.com.

Carpenter Falls

Not all of the waterfalls in the Finger Lakes are around Ithaca, NY. 90-feet-high Carpenter Falls is at the head of Bear Swamp Creek Gorge on the southwest flank of Skaneateles Lake, two Finger Lakes east of Cayuga Lake. The falls themselves are in a NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Natural Area, which adjoins the Bahar Nature Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust which includes most of the gorge all the way down to a canoe/kayak landing on Skaneateles Lake. Join Tony Ingraham as he guides us in exploring this park in episode 174 of Walk in the Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca, NY public access TV cable channel 13 on the schedule below.

We start of this episode of Walk in the Park with some photos and a short discussion of this past weekend’s tragic and disturbing events in Charlottesville, VA where American Nazis and KKK white supremacists descended on Emancipation Park, the site of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that the City of Charlottesville has decided to remove. Tony once lived in Charlottesville, as did his parents for many years.

We finish this episode of Walk in the Park with a short video about some of the geology of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park.

Ithaca, NY area channel 13 cablecast schedule (to be expanded soon):

9:00 PM, Thursday, August 17, 2017

10:00 AM & 8:00 PM, Saturday, August 19

10:00 AM & 8:30 PM, Sunday, August 20

11:30 AM & 8:00 PM, Tuesday, August 22

7:30 PM, Wednesday, August 23

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studio.

Have you seen Tony’s national-award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone?

Swimming Hazards in the Lake and Gorges

Walk in the Park episode 173. “Harmful Algal Blooms” or blue-green algae have made swimming and other uses of Cayuga Lake dangerous at particular times and locations this summer. Also, swimmers drown in our gorges every year. Find out why. We conclude with an explanation of great fractures in the walls of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park.

You can watch the show online here, or on Ithaca NY area cable channel 13 at the following times (to be updated to an expanded schedule soon):

Thursday, August 10, 9:00 PM

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM & 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 13, 10:00 AM

Monday, August 14, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, August 15, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, August 16, 9:00 AM & 11:30 PM


Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS public access television studio in Ithaca, NY, and is cablecast on Ithaca’s channel 13. See the schedule of this weekly series and others.

Have you seen my award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, now celebrating ten years of publication?

Flash Floods!

In this episode 172 of Walk in the Park, we visit local gorges and Cayuga Lake to look at flash floods last week in the context of sub-watersheds of Cayuga Lake: at Ithaca Falls, Six Mile Creek, Buttermilk Falls, Robert H. Treman State Park, Taughannock Falls, Yawger Creek, and the Ithaca Mall! We finish off with a series of photographs of blooming mountain laurel in Ricketts Glen State Park in northern Pennsylvania.

You can watch this episode online below, and on Ithaca, NY cable TV channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, July 19, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 6:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Monday, 1:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, July 26, 1:00 PM

And online right here anytime!

Featuring the aerial videography of Joe Scaglione III, the videography of Jenny Renee Burun-Stout, videography from Robert H. Treman State Park staff, the photography of Fernando Llosa, the photography and videography of Tony Ingraham, and the aerial photography of Bill Hecht.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series produced in Ithaca, NY at PEGASYS Studio, by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Ospreys on Cayuga!

In Walk in the Park 171, we visit two osprey nests in parks within the city of Ithaca, NY, at the south end of Cayuga Lake. With human help, ospreys, fish-eating birds of prey once long gone from the Finger Lakes, are making a comeback, especially around Cayuga Lake.
Then we take a trip to Ricketts Glen State Park in northern Pennsylvania, at the southern edge of the Allegheny Plateau, which we in the Finger Lakes are also in.
And finally we take a quick look at the various glens within Watkins Glen State Park.

This episode is watchable online right here, and it will be cablecast on Ithaca channel 13 over the next week at the following times:

Additional cablecasts this season:

Saturday, July 29, 2017 8:30 PM

Monday, July 31, 6:30 PM

 

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series cablecast on channel 13 in Ithaca, NY. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca. Take a look at my national award winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Finger Lakes Land Trust

In this episode of Walk in the Park (170), Holly Gregg and Andy Zepp of the Finger Lakes Land Trust tell us about the conservation organization’s accomplishments of the past year and exciting new initiatives and collaborations planned and underway.

Watch it below online anytime, or watch it on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, June 22, 9:00 PM

Friday, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 28, 1:00 PM

Walk in the Park is an Ithaca, NY public access television series produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studio of Spectrum TV.

Tick Talk!

In this week’s Walk in the Park (169), we go to the Danby, NY Town Hall to learn about ticks and lyme disease from Mary Woodsen. Mary is a science writer with Cornell’s New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, which gives her access to immense amounts of vital information about every kind of creature imaginable. She’s also a member of Danby’s Conservation Advisory Council. Mary’s presentation to Danby residents took place on June 7, 2017.

You can watch this episode online below, and on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13:

3:00 PM and 9:00 PM, Thursday, June 15

10:00 AM and 7:30 PM, Saturday

10:00 AM and 6:30 PM, Sunday

8:30 PM, Monday

8:00 PM, Tuesday

9:00 AM, Wednesday, June 21

Also see our three-part series on Lyme disease, Ticking Lyme Bomb.

Cornell University’s New York State Integrated Pest Management Program promotes safe, least-toxic ways to deal with pests and stresses prevention above all else in minimizing risks of pests and pesticides both.

Walk in the Park is a public access TV series produced at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Labrador Hollow and Tinker Falls

South of Syracuse, NY straddling the border of Onondaga and Cortland Counties is Labrador Hollow Unique Area, established by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, NYSDEC. Like the Finger Lakes valleys, Labrador Hollow was reamed by the passage of Ice Age glaciers, creating very steep hillsides and a flat valley bottom holding, in this case, Labrador Pond. Labrador Hollow has its own “hanging valley” as well, a short gorge that ends in Tinker Falls. A short gentle trail leads to the scenic 50-foot overhanging waterfall. In this episode of Walk in the Park (168), we’ll explore these places in early June. Watch here online anytime or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times over the next week:

Thursday, June 8, 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM

Monday, 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 14, 9:00 AM


Walk in the Park is a public access TV series produced at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Blue Ridge Parkway

From May 25 through June 6, 2017, we will be cablecasting two successive encore episodes of Walk in the Park, Parts 1 & 2 of “Blue Ridge Parkway,” first cablecast in early spring 2013. In Part 1 (episode 43), we celebrate the arrival of the spring equinox and then take a trip from the previous summer (2012) on the Blue Ridge Parkway, from its northern end near Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, to the Peaks of Otter in George Washington National Forest. Finally,  we look at the hazards of entering our Finger Lakes gorges too early in the season. Part 1 will run from Thursday, May 25, 2017 through Wednesday, May 31. You can watch Part 1 below online or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times. Part 2 is farther down this page.

Thursday, May 25, 9:00 PM

Friday, 9:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10 AM and 4:00 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, May 30, 8:00 PM

In Part 2, we complete our journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway in this episode (#45) of Walk in the Park TV. We enter North Carolina, stopping at Cumberland Knob, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls, Mount Mitchell (the highest summit in the East!), Craggy Gardens, and many other sites along the way. Then we return to Virginia, visiting Mabry Mill and Rocky Knob before heading home. Hear the melodious song of the winter wren, see wild rhododendrons in bloom, and find out about the exotic insect pests attacking our eastern hemlocks and the fraser firs of the Black Mountains. Tony Ingraham shares his observations about driving the Parkway and camping along the way in this national park that is nearly 500 miles long. Watch Part 2 below online or on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times (more times to be added next week):

Thursday, June 1, 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Saturday, Parts 1 & 2 together, 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM, respectively

Sunday, Part 2, 10:00 AM

Sunday, Parts 1 & 2 together, 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM, respectively

Monday, Parts 1 & 2 together, 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM, respectively

Tuesday, Part 2, June 7, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable TV series produced at PEGASYS Studio, Spectrum TV, Ithaca, NY, by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Making our Gorges Safer

Each spring, the Finger Lakes State Parks Scaling Teams rappel down cliffs over Gorge Trails, manually removing shards of shale that winter freezing has left perched on ledges. If they didn’t do this hard, dangerous work, called “scaling,” it would not be safe enough for us to walk in the gorges, for fear of falling rock. Scaling must be conducted annually in six state parks in the Finger Lakes region. In this week’s episode (167) of Walk in the Park, we take a close look at the scalers at work on the high cliffs in the upper gorge of Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY. The scalers tell us and show us what’s involved.

You can watch this episode of Walk in the Park above online, or on TV in the Ithaca area, on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times. Additional cablecasts will be added shortly.

Thursday, May 17, 9:00 PM

Friday, 11:30 AM, 9:30 PM

Saturday, 10;00 AM and 9:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wedgesday, May 23, 1:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable TV series produced at PEGASYS Studio, Spectrum TV, Ithaca, NY, by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Loving a Park!

In this week’s episode of Walk in the Park, we go to Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY to participate in the annual I Love My Park Day on May 6, 2017, where some 80 volunteers worked on projects to get the park ready for the season, while Enfield Creek was roaring with the heavy rain. Then we go to Watkins Glen State Park the day after the Gorge Trail was opened for the season, following the extensive scaling work on the cliffs necessary every spring. We look at the big reconstruction of the Main Entrance. You can watch this episode here, and on Ithaca, NY cable TV channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 1:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, May 16, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM.

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, as a public access TV production at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY, a division of Spectrum TV (formerly Time Warner Cable).
Take a look at Ingraham’s national award winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.